Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

Posted By on May 25, 2013

Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an OBGYN who also performed abortions.

Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions — some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped doing abortions.

Today, Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“…I want to make a comment on the necessity and usefulness of utilizing second and third trimester abortion to save women’s lives. I often hear the argument that we must keep abortion legal in order to save women’s lives in cases of life threatening conditions that can and do arise in pregnancy.

In cases where a mother’s life is seriously threatened by her pregnancy, a doctor more often than not doesn’t have 36 hours, much less 72 hours, to resolve the problem.

Albany Medical Center where I worked for over seven years is a tertiary referral center that accepts patients with life threatening conditions related to or caused by pregnancy. I personally treated hundreds of women with such conditions in my tenure there. There are several conditions that can arise or worsen typically during the late second or third trimester of pregnancy that require immediate care. In many of those cases, ending or “terminating” the pregnancy, if you prefer, can be life saving. But is abortion a viable treatment option in this setting? I maintain that it usually, if not always, is not…Let me illustrate with a real -life case that I managed while at the Albany Medical Center. A patient arrived one night at 28 weeks gestation with severe pre-eclampsia or toxemia.

Her blood pressure on admission was 220/160. As you are probably aware, a normal blood pressure is approximately 120/80. This patient’s pregnancy was a threat to her life and the life of her unborn child. She could very well be minutes or hours away from a major stroke. This case was managed successfully by rapidly stabilizing the patient’s blood pressure and “terminating” her pregnancy by Cesarean section. She and her baby did well. This is a typical case in the world of high-risk obstetrics. In most such cases, any attempt to perform an abortion “to save the mother’s life” would entail undue and dangerous delay in providing appropriate, truly life-saving care.

During my time at Albany Medical Center I managed hundreds of such cases by “terminating”pregnancies to save mother’s lives. In all those hundreds of cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero.”

Editor’s note: article describes abortion procedure.

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2 Responses to “Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them”

  1. J in VA says:

    Finally, someone has spoken wht I have wondered for years.

    I am an OB nurse. My local hospital sends dozens of women each year to referal hospitals or delivers premature infants when needs and then transfer the premature baby to a referal hospital with a NICU. I’ve NEVER in 25 years of OB had to assist with an abortion (and would refuse) when a woman’s life was in danger.

    At that stage of pregnancy, a woman whose life is in danger delivers a live baby. If she does not want to parent the baby, she can place the baby for adoption and someone else takes over. I can think of NO reason for the baby to die if she is psychologically, physically or mentally unable to parent. Babies are very easy to find homes for. Older children after women have poorly cared for them harder but still not impossible.

    The doctor is right: a woman with a dangerously high blood pressure or other major problem has minutes to deliver–not hours or days.

  2. Maddie says:

    This article made me sick, but we need to be frank about what abortion really is. I am a NICU nurse. I look after 24 week babies as big as your hand every day and each is precious and unique. Even at 24 weeks they have a distinct personality and love their mothers. After 24 weeks a baby can survive. The pregnancy might need to be terminated (ie pre term birth) for the sake of the mother’s life but the baby does not need to be terminated. We need to pray for and be compassionate for mothers planning abortions because imagine how awful it would be not to have that mother love in your heart. I see mothers of babies with obvious deformities leaning over cots and saying “Isn’t she beautiful!” because this is love and therefore truly, truly beautiful.

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